The way the Taliban functions internally remains an enigma despite the fact that the group is now running Afghanistan. This is what we know about the group’s political structure.
Iran and the Taliban appeared to have reached some degree of regional understanding. But it turned out to be a short-lived optimism with Tehran showing signs of unease.
The armed group has a history of targeting the ethnic group using brutal methods of torture, abductions and executions.
Afghanistan, often referred to as the ‘graveyard of the empires’, is often written about but is constantly misunderstood, and the same goes for the Taliban.
The current regional balance of power, in which Russia and China see the Taliban as the lesser of two evils, and a hasty US withdrawal helped the group march across Afghanistan, experts say.
The failure of US-led forces to address grassroots issues and the absence of a strong Afghan government has led to the resurgence of the Taliban, experts say.
Ahmad Massoud envisions a political setup in which people of every ethnicity have a say.
The presence of Pakistani Pakhtun leaders at Ashraf Ghani’s inauguration angers some, but experts say it’s not a big deal.
Islamabad cancels citizenship of a Pakhtun politician who belongs to a tribe that lives on both sides of the border.
Voters in turbulent former tribal zones of northwestern Pakistan vote in first provincial elections after the region lost semi-autonomous status it had held since British colonial era.
Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan's reported suggestion that an interim government in Afghanistan could help smooth the US-Taliban talks process has sparked a high-level diplomatic row on Twitter.
Imran Khan's personal history gives him a leg up in trying to start a dialogue on Kashmir and moving towards ending the 72-year stalemate with India.
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